France’s Garcia wins Tianjin Open for irst title of 2018
Second-seeded Caroline Garcia won her irst tournament of the year with a 7-6 (7), 6-3 win over top-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the Tianjin Open this week. It was the 16th-ranked Garcia’s irst title since she won back-to-back trophies at the Wuhan and Beijing tournaments in Asia just over a year ago. The Frenchwoman’s two titles at the end of last season earned her a spot in the year-end World Tennis Association (WTA) Finals in Singapore. This year, the victory in Tianjin is not enough to put Garcia into a second consecutive inal appearance. Pliskova’s failure to take the title also kept her from conirming a berth in the WTA Finals. Currently in eighth place in the race to Singapore, the Czech will have to wait out the results from next week’s tournaments in Luxembourg and Moscow to see if she qualiies for one of the two remaining spots. American Sloane Stephens was conirmed as the sixth player to qualify for Singapore this week. She joins Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki as players who have secured places for Singapore.